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Image: An enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) for serum neurofilament light chain (Photo courtesy of UmanDiagnostics AB).

Increased Serum Neurofilament Light Portend Worse Prognosis in COVID-19

There is emerging evidence for multifarious neurological manifestations of COVID‐19, while little is known whether they reflect structural damage to the nervous system. The most commonly reported neurological manifestations of COVID-19 were myalgia, headache, altered sensorium, hyposmia, and hypogeusia. More...
19 Jan 2021
Image: Fluorescence staining of lymph node containing spegs from patients with cystic echinococcosis (Photo courtesy of University of Ulm).

Immunohistological Detection of Small Particles of Echinococcus Species Evaluated

Echinococcosis, also known as Hydatid Disease, is a life-threatening disease in humans that is caused by the larval stages of the tapeworms Echinococcus multilocularis and Echinococcus granulosus s.l. The two main types of this disease are cystic echinococcosis (CE) and alveolar echinococcosis (AE). More...
18 Jan 2021
Image: The Microflex LT MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer and Rapid Sepsityper kit for the identification of pathogenic organisms (Photo courtesy of Bruker Daltonics).

MALDI-TOF-MS Evaluated for Rapid Diagnosis of Bacteremia and Fungemia

When sepsis occurs, it is essential to begin an effective and potent antibacterial or antifungal treatment as soon as possible as early administration and achievement of microbicidal concentrations are associated with better survival in community-acquired and hospital-acquired septicemia. More...
13 Jan 2021
Image: Reduced prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in blood group O individuals reported in Denmark (Photo courtesy of Odense University Hospital).

Blood Type Linked to Risk Of COVID-19 Infection Severity

Identification of risk factors for contracting and developing serious illness following infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is of paramount interest. Development of COVID-19 is associated with age, sex, and comorbidities, such as cardiovascular diseases, although severe disease is not limited to these risk groups. More...
04 Jan 2021
Image: Blood glucose monitor showing a higher than normal result that could lead to hyperglycemia (Photo courtesy of Diabetes Self-Management).

Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia Associated with Poor Outcomes in COVID-19 Patients

Diabetes and hyperglycemia have emerged as important risk factors for hospitalization, disease severity, acute kidney injury, acute respiratory distress syndrome, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, and death in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). More...
28 Dec 2020
Image: Orientia tsutsugamushi present in the liquid scraped from the abdominal wall of an infected mouse. The abdominal walls of the infected mouse were fixed and stained with Giemsa stain and presence of O. tsutsugamushi particles (purple particles) detected by light microscopy (Photo courtesy of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

Scrub Typhus Enzyme Linked Immunoassay Evaluated for Accuracy

Scrub typhus is a rickettsial infection caused by a mite-borne bacterium, Orientia tsutsugamushi. It is primarily transmitted to humans through bites of infected trombiculid mite larvae, also known as chiggers. More...
28 Dec 2020
Image: The Alinity i is a compact, immunoassay system that can reliably be used to diagnose infectious diseases (Photo courtesy of Abbott Laboratories).

Newly Developed Immunoassay Evaluated for Infectious Diseases

Although a diagnosis of infectious diseases is essential for timely treatment, the performance of diagnostic tests has been hardly evaluated due to variable results that are influenced by multiple factors in different conditions. More...
23 Dec 2020


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